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Symposium Reports

Independent Sector and ARNOVA have partnered on organizing an annual Policy Symposium to advance research on nonprofit and voluntary action and philanthropy policy. This has been a great partnership we plan to continue, bringing together researchers and practice leaders to discuss the latest research around various policy areas of interest to the field.

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2024 Symposium

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To 2024 and Beyond: Public Policy Recommendations for the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy

September 22, 2023 | Convened Virtually

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Nonprofits from 9 to 5: What a Way to Make a Living

October 12, 2022 | Convened Virtually




Why & How of Civic Engagement: Legal, practical, and equitable pathways for nonprofit civic engagement in elections and democratic participation

September 17, 2021 | Convened Virtually


Symposium on the
Intersection of Politics, Policy, and Nonprofits

May 18, 2020 | Convened Virtually





Public policy agenda for the 2020 election

July 29, 2019 | Washington D.C.


Nonprofits in Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

December 10, 2018 | Washington D.C.


Toward an Index of a Healthy, U.S. Nonprofit Sector

October 25-27, 2017 | IS’ Annual conference in Detroit


Nonprofits in Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

November 15, 2015 | Washington D.C.


Fourth Annual Symposium on
Public Policy for Nonprofits

May 13, 2015 | Washington D.C.


Finances for nonprofits and public policy

November, 2014 | Hartford, Connecticut

About our partners for this event:

Independent Sector (IS) advocates for public policies that impact the charitable sector, builds knowledge on behalf of the sector, and connects organizations and leaders within the sector. The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a diverse community of scholars, educators, and practice leaders who work to strengthen the field of charity, nonprofit and philanthropic research to improve civil society and human life. Clearly, our two organizations have a lot in common! This is why it makes so much sense to collaborate.


For further information, please contact Lewis Faulk ( or Emily Rogers (

The mission of Nonprofit Policy Forum (NPF) is to serve as an international journal that publishes original research and analysis on public policy issues and the public policy process critical to the work of nonprofit organizations. NPF provides a forum and an authoritative and accessible source of information for scholars, leaders, and policy-makers worldwide. A primary goal of NPF is to provide nonprofit leaders and policy-makers with readily accessible and relevant scholarly research. In addition to being an accessible source of information, NPF creates a publishing venue for the expanding population of nonprofit-public policy scholars. Because the field of nonprofit studies is interdisciplinary in nature, the range of disciplines for both authors and readers spans a wide array of interests.

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